Tuesday, March 4, 2014

North Korea's Crimes Against Humanity

Last month the UN issued a report charging North Korea's leaders with human rights violations against its citizens, rising to the level of crimes against humanity. Let us not forget that our brothers and sisters in Christ are among the mistreated.

Coincidentally, John Short, a 75-year-old Australian Christian visiting North Korea with a tour group in February, was detained for possessing Christian materials printed in Korean. John's wife told reporters that he was aware of the risk. “North Korea is not an open country and it doesn't welcome Christians—we realize that. But that doesn't mean we stand by and do nothing.”

John Short will, no doubt, be released, but not North Korean believers. “Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself, and those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies” (Heb. 13:3). The next time someone snubs your faith in Christ, think of those persecuted in North Korea. And pray for them.

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